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Poster: stratocaster Date: Mar 29, 2008 9:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: 03-29-1990 Nassau Coliseum--the latter day 05-08...a retrospective

http://www.archive.org/details/gd90-03-29.sbd.miller.26341.sbeok.shnf

I Jack Straw, Bertha, We Can Run But We Can't Hide, Ramble On Rose, When I Paint My Masterpiece, Bird Song*, Promised Land*

II Eyes Of The World-> Estimated Prophet-> Dark Star-> Drums-> Dark Star-> The Wheel-> Throwing Stones-> Turn On Your Love Light, E: Knockin' On Heaven's Door


So it is the 18th Anniversary of a show widely regarded as one of the all time "hall of fame" shows...a Barry Bonds to 05-08's Willy Mays and 08-27's Babe Ruth...perhaps Branford Marsalis was the cream or the clear that inspired the Dead on this night...regardless it's a great show...

The first set has energy out of the gate with a great Jack Straw...the first set in is filled with crowd pleasers
and Bertha and Ramble on Rose are done well enough to carry the energy...the Bird Song is the first tune with Branford on board and they lock in almost immediately and we get one of the best versions out there...

To me the second set is classic...I got this show more with repeated listens...Branford is on stage from the first note of the Eyes we all know about and it's even better in the context of the show...Estimated provides nice territory to jam around...but it's the Dark Star which pushes the show into plasticland...I've read it described as the band and branford "coagulating" into the verse...I find it apt...drum/space is interesting...Dark Star after drums is brief...Wheel is really nice out of DS...and although T-Stones and Lovelight are less going for the peak jam than more or less party versions...Knockin' on Heaven's Door is beautifully done and is a perfect choice as encore...

for me personally it's probably the second best show of the 90s behind 09-20-1990...

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Poster: He Live's Date: Mar 29, 2008 10:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: STADIUM THRONG SOUNDTRACK: 03-29-1990 Nassau Coliseum--the latter day 05-08...a retrospective

i remember it like it was yesterday.... ah yes.... the morning of 3/30, a friday, and my tie-dyed clad friend with cool older brother comes walking up to me, bleary-eyed and bewildered in the hall before home room -- "dude! branford marsalis sat in -- they played dark star! you would have loved it!...."

i was mortified -- i missed dark star! luckily i was going to the show that night .... but nothing would ever compare in my mind to the show i missed -- this opinion was solidified when "without a net" was released and my cassette copy became a fixture for the next few years in my car....


listening back now.... i am not surprised, but i find this show mostly just horrible. there are some very nice moments between branford and jerry, almost exclusively in this STILL NICE rendition of EYES (minus vocals) but, seeing as i spend so much time listening to 69-79 era dead, warts and all, the post '83 era holds little attraction for me now.

jerry cant sing anymore. not compared to the angelic voice he once possessed and the GROUP SOUND is just utterly unappealing. bob sounds bad, keyboards are horrendous....jerry uses too much midi in an effort to stand out above the morass -- dumb sounds and meaningless phrases fly left and right -- this is not people listening to each other, it's just 4 or 5 people soloing in the same key, trying not to stand out, but stepping on each other's toes nonetheless -- oh!!!... it is just not good. i really wish it was better......

this music is one thing: generated solely for the IN THE MOMENT EXPERIENCE, not posterity or ART or MUSIC sake -- this is music designed to GET OFF a bunch of middle and upper-middle class suburban kids in a crass parking lot/stadium atmosphere -- and what can i say, ugliness begets ugliness.....



sorry strat, this is my era of dead too, but i don't see any point to revisit other than through memory.... this may indeed be one of their best efforts of their last ten years, but is that saying anything?

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Poster: veblen Date: Mar 29, 2008 10:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: STADIUM THRONG SOUNDTRACK: 03-29-1990 Nassau Coliseum--the latter day 05-08...a retrospective

very well stated He Live's!

my sentiments exactly!

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Poster: He Live's Date: Mar 29, 2008 10:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: STADIUM THRONG SOUNDTRACK: 03-29-1990 Nassau Coliseum--the latter day 05-08...a retrospective

what can you say, not everything or everyone ages gracefully.... our heroes were long limping into that good night.....

:(

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Poster: stilldead77 Date: Mar 29, 2008 9:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 03-29-1990 Nassau Coliseum--the latter day 05-08...a retrospective

Nice Strat, glad you brought this one up.

A wonderful trip down memory lane.

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Poster: billydlions Date: Mar 29, 2008 11:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 03-29-1990 Nassau Coliseum--the latter day 05-08...a retrospective

I was lucky enough to be at this show and when I left I clearly felt at the time that it was the best show I ever saw. For some reason, it just doesn't translate as well on tape for me as I've only listened to it a few times. Perhaps if a better source existed I would change my mind. But I agree that it's one of the best of the '90's.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Mar 29, 2008 10:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 03-29-1990 Nassau Coliseum--the latter day 05-08...a retrospective

5 big fat stars for this baby. Same can be said for the first 3 marsalis appearances.

18 years? I thought I felt old when the grocery store gal called me by my last name.